Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:43 am Post
Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:23 am Post
AndreasE wrote:- The differences between the different versions - Personal, Pro, Pro Office... and what is DevonNote? And what is DevonAgent?? I have studied their website, but I still have only vague ideas what might be the one I need. If I need one.
AndreasE wrote:- That built-in AI, that seems to do the categorizing almost by itself, just like a reliable old archiver: Does it work with texts in other languages than English as well? Half as well? Not at all? (I have to handle a lot in German.)
AndreasE wrote:- Are there limits? In number of documents, size of documents, types of documents? (From their website you get the impression that you might put in the whole internet without problems, but then again I've read that once you try to handle texts of the length of a book (not uncommon for writers), it might become very slow. So, what are the real-life limitations?)
AndreasE wrote:- How many years do you use DevonThink already? And do you expect to still use it in ten years from now? What would you do should DevonThink Technologies cease to exist and Apple publishes a new operationg system Mac OS XII under which the old software won't run? (Or if Apple should stop manufacturing computers at all because they turn into a phone company completely?)
Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:43 am Post
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Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:47 pm Post
Hugh wrote:DevonAgent is very cool IMO. It is essentially a website crawler. Give it your criteria and it will use various engines to search websites and any links they contain, pursue the links as far was you want, rank the results in terms of semantic relevance and then download the pages you choose from its list. It has found material for me when I despaired of other means.
And the company behind the software is German.
Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:55 pm Post
Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:05 pm Post
Prion wrote:Devonthink Pro (not Office) - this is where I put all the bits and pieces that are of relevance even the ones that are not related to any particular project at the moment. To get some criticism out of the way: Yes, the interface is a bit daunting and not the visually most attractive
There are a couple of misconceptions, the most common being that you have to import everything into the DTP database thus losing the ability to work on those documents in the finder.
You can import local documents from your computer in which case they will reside inside a UNIX bundle (still accessible by "reveal content..." in the Finder BTW). This will make the content of what you keep in DTP self sufficient and easily transferrable to other computers. I use indexing a lot more often. This keeps an index of everything I ask of it and allows me to perform very configurable searches just like as if I had kept all the documents inside the database. I keep Gigabytes of research articles in several folders on my harddrive. The most amazing thing, however, is the "see also" feature. Its artificial intelligence will search related items in your database by analysing its content and comparing it with the rest of your database WITHOUT asking you to categorize, keyword and tag everything manually first. It works well but is most impressive if you can feed it with content that you have collected yourself.
Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:15 pm Post
alexwein wrote:After years of trying out different info managers, DTPro, Yojimbo, Together, Eagleflier, you name it, I have returned to the most basic and simple. I simply create folders in the Finder and organize my info accordingly.
While I still have to use different programs for things, I want to keep it simple and straightforward and transparent. After years of trial and error, this is the simplest and least obtrusive method for me.
Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:17 pm Post
brett wrote:Maybe it's just that Alexandria and I are frugal Portlanders -- the city that recycled an old armory into a theatre, any number of old warehouses into lofts and corporate HQs, soon a post office into a college -- and we'd rather re-use existing assets than buy new ones.
Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:18 pm Post
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Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:15 pm Post
Hugh wrote:Maybe if I lived in Portland I'd think differently - but all those ornamental cabbages...
Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:49 pm Post
Hugh wrote:brett - it's about data mass, isn't it? Somewhere, as one collects documents, there's a tipping point where a tool like DT becomes all-round better as an information manager than Scrivener plus Spotlight and Quicklook plus the Finder - and as a search tool and as a "see also" suggester of hitherto-unrecognised relationships.
In my current project, I thought that tipping point would come at about the 1,000-document level. Hence the investment in DT Pro. I've no idea whether that assumption was right.
Maybe if I lived in Portland I'd think differently - but all those ornamental cabbages...
Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:06 am Post
Gigabytes? No problem. I have what I call my "InfoBase" . . . Solution up to now: Spotlight and it's clever brother SpotInside (a Spotlight plus the ability to look within the files that meet the criteria).
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